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Hurricanes and Dougie Hamilton Having Contract Negotiation Issues

The Carolina Hurricanes and defenseman Dougie Hamilton are apparently far apart on a contract extension. Now what?

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We previously reported that the Carolina Hurricanes and RFA winger Andrei Svechnikov were not getting very far when it came to talks of a contract extension. Apparently, he’s not the only player the Hurricanes have to worry about now.

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As per a report by Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, talks between defenseman Dougie Hamilton and the Hurricanes have essentially stopped. The NHL insider suggest progress on a new deal has been nonexistent for the past month.

He writes that Hamilton’s camp sees Alex Pietrangelo’s $8.8 million contract as a comparable, but the Hurricanes likely aren’t anywhere near that kind of money. Instead, where Torey Krug sits at with the St. Louis Blues ($6.5MM AAV), is more the Hurricanes speed. LeBrun notes that previous talks were happening, but after each side shared their positions, “sources say negotiations have gone quiet. There’s a tangible gap in each position.”

The NHL insider believes that talks will eventually resume, but notes both sides might have to wait until after the season. That’s unless one side tries to force the other’s hand. If that happens, it will be interesting to see if an extension comes out of it, or talk of a trade.

LeBrun writes:

“There should be a sizeable market for a player of Hamilton’s talent even in the flat cap environment. But the priority for both sides is to figure it out in Carolina where he’s happy.”

Dougie Hamilton Carolina Hurricanes
Dougie Hamilton Carolina Hurricanes

Who Might Be Interested if Hamilton’s Name Is Out There?

LeBrun wonders if the resurgent Chicago Blackhawks might be interested as they could be looking for a player to quarterback their power play. He also mentions that the Philadelphia Flyers never replaced Matt Niskanen on their right side after he retired last fall.

Hamilton’s situation may be one to watch in the coming weeks. If the gap is really that far apart between the two sides, there could be more speculation as far as to what happens with the blueliner.

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